Oakleigh South Primary School

NEWSLETTER – ISSUE  15 – 24th May, 2018


Riley St, Oakleigh South, VIC 3167   T: 03 9570 1016   F: 03 9579 0363

E: oakleigh.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au   W: oakleighsouthps.vic.edu.au


Issue 15  –  24th May 2018

Friday 25th May
– Year 2 Healthy Life Skills

Monday 28th May
– Year 1 Healthy Life Skills

Tuesday 29th May
– UNSW Science Competition
– Beachside Division Cross Country

Friday 1st June
– School Tour 9.30am
– Year 2 Healthy Life Skills


This week the teachers have been involved in a Professional Practice Day. Many of the staff attended a writing professional development day where they learnt new strategies to add to their writing program.

Due to our new playground being so popular, school council approved the extension to be added to the current playground. I am hopeful that this will be completed by the start of term 3. The children love this playground during the day, after school and the weekends.

Just another reminder that our next Curriculum Day will be held on Monday 18th June. Children will not be required at school on this day.

Enjoy the weekend.

Ron Cantlon


2018 Term Dates

Term 1:

29 January (school teachers start) 30 January (school students start) to 29 March 2018

Term 2:

16 April to 29 June 2018

2018 Term Dates

Term 3:

16 July to 21 September 2018

Term 4:

8 October to 20 December (2.30pm school students finish) 21 December (school teachers finish)

Last day of each term is a 2.30pm finish


A nice note I received:

I took AFL yesterday, I would like to congratulate OSPS on their outstanding sportsmanship from all concerned – coach, umpire, players and supporting parents.

We were thrashed, however our boys really enjoyed the match.  The match was played in very good spirits and at half time OSPS gave us 5 gun players and we had a much more competitive second half.  The OSPS players who joined our team were very encouraging, patient and supportive to our boys which was excellent to see.

from Oakleigh Grammar

Information Update


Please be advised in the coming days you will receive a hard copy Parental Occupation Code form.

It is imperative for our record keeping that you complete this form and return it to your classroom teacher, who will mark it off their class list.

Parents who fail to return this form will be followed up by the office.

Thank you

Curriculum Day

Please be aware that Monday, 18th June is a Curriculum Day.

No students will be required at school on this day

The Village

Donations of egg cartons & newspapers.

At this point in time we no longer require any donations – many thanks to the families who have donated in the past.




On Friday May 17 the Year 1’s went on an excursion to Scienceworks. It was a jam packed and exciting day for all who attended. The students got to engage in many interactive learning materials. The sections they viewed and/or explored in were Think Ahead, Sports Works and the Planetarium.

In Think Ahead the students had fun viewing old technologies and seeing how these have evolved and changed over time. They especially enjoyed all the tactile experiences such as creating robots and cars. In Sports Works they immensely enjoyed racing Cathy Freeman, rock climbing, judging gymnasts and measuring their body proportions and flexibility. The Planetarium captivated everyone’s imagination. Firstly they viewed the ‘Tycho Goes to the Moon’. Afterwards they stargazed above to learn about constellations and where indigenous characters were positioned in the nightly sky. The Year 1 teachers would like to thank all the parent helpers who assisted on the day. It was such a fun and memorable day for all.

Year 1 Performing Arts News

Wow! What a wonderful time we’ve been having in Performing Arts in year 1!

Students have been busy learning a number of songs for performing at local events such as OSPS Autumn Fete and entertaining our golden oldies at Sapphire Care. Students have sung songs including Mr Clicketty Cane, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Do-Re-Mi and the Auslan version of I can Sing a Rainbow.

We have also been dancing, playing games, acting and exploring instruments.

Currently, we are learning about the orchestra and the way music is used in movies, while attempting to create our own mini movie based on Space Exploration by acting out a story called Rocket Sam. We are learning to understand how rhythm follows the words and the beat, like a heartbeat, stays the same.

Next term the year 1’s would love to learn drumming! Is there anyone in our school community who could supply us with 25 large white buckets (such as the ones used in catering or building)? Please contact Mrs Marsh via email: marsh.naomi.j@edumail.vic.gov.au if you can assist. Thank you!

District Cross Country 2018

After weeks of hard work and training, the Oakleigh South District Cross Country team travelled to Bald Hill Park to compete against the other six schools in our District. Arriving to a lovely mild day, there were more than a few butterflies floating around the children’s stomachs as the time approached our 11:45am start.

Oakleigh South should be extremely proud of the effort of all the children who ran. It is amazing to see the grimaces on the faces of our students as the run their hardest for our school, to work their way into the best position that they can.

At the completion of the event, Oakleigh South Primary School was named the Bentleigh District Champions for the 20th year in a row. It is no surprise that we do so well year after year with the dedication shown from the students, teachers and parents who work so hard to make our cross country program the best around. Thanks must go to everybody involved!

For some children it is only the beginning of their journey as they move on to the next level: Division. Congratulations to all those children who qualified. Well done to all the other competitors who didn’t qualify and to the children who were part of the District Training Squad this year; we couldn’t do it without you! Thank you!

A special congratulations goes to Jessica I (6CR), one of our Cross Country Captains, who is the first child in the history of the Bentleigh District to win her age group four times. She was District Champion in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018! Jessica has always shown an outstanding level of commitment towards her running and should be extremely proud of what she has achieved over the last four years!

Below are the names and placings of those who have qualified for the Beachside Division Cross Country Championship on Tuesday 29th  May:

9/10 Boys:
8th Austin H

9/10 Girls:
2nd Sophie V                         3rd Tricia S                            7th Sienna Y

11 Boys:
5th Jake A                             6th Rafael P                          8th Maxwell Z

11 Girls:
1st Emily R                           2nd Kate I                              4th Lauren I

12/13 Boys:
3rd Oliver G                         5th Ethan G                          9th Rimon M

12/13 Girls:
1st Jessica I                          2nd Tanasha S                     3rd Teona R                          4th Maya S                                6th Anita K              9th Jessica H

AWD Boys: 1st Ori D


Entertainment Book

The 2018 / 2019 Entertainment Book is now available for purchase from the office. It is available in hard copy or digital for the price of $70.00  A copy is on display at the office.


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Winter Cricket training with ESOCC

Even in the depths of winter there is an opportunity for budding cricketers from the age of 8 to 11 with the Emmanuel South Oakleigh Cricket Club running training throughout the Winter months from 3pm on Saturdays.

Our Coach, Isuru Gunawardana, is Certified Level 1 and carries the WWC, and is more than happy to continue on through the winter to offer off-season net sessions with a focus on all aspects of the game.

For more information, contact Isuru via email juniors@krushers.com


Or Mobile: 0450668359


Dear parent,

These school holidays we are hosting a very special school holiday program called Code Camp where your child can learn to code and build their very own iPhone or Android app!

Code Camp has already taught more than 35,000 students in Australia and is a great way to spend time over the holidays as kids have lots of fun with friends while learning important new skills such as logic, creativity, problem solving, app development and game building in a fun and engaging way, ready to take on the digital world of the future.

Every child attending a holiday camp will build incredible games on our software platform ‘’Code Camp World’’ and walk away with their very own app, playable via the Code Camp App store that they can take home to share with family and friends!

Here is the code camp we’re running:

Spark (School Grades 2-6)
Beginners + Intermediate
Fun, engaging and challenging… and are our most known Code Camp that over 12,000 students have completed. Code Camp Spark is where every student in years 2-6 should start their Code Camp journey.

Enrol today and help your child become a coding superstar! For more information, visit https://www.codecamp.com.au or contact us at hello@codecamp.com.au.

Thank you